The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center consists of two units, the north ICU and the south ICU. Both units are committed to delivering highly specialized, personal care to patients who suffer from a serious illness or medical condition. The staff of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, residents, and physician assistants is specially trained in critical care.
Visiting Hours and Unit Guidelines
- Preferred ICU Visiting Hours: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- Visits are limited to immediate family and children 12 years and older.
- Visitors are limited to two at a time. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the nursing staff.
- The ICU is closed during shift change and during patient rounds to allow for patient confidentiality.
Selecting a Family Spokesperson
The cooperation of family and friends is essential to properly care for patients in the ICU. Families should select one member to communicate with the physician and nurses and keep other family members informed of the patient's condition. Having one spokesperson helps ensure clear and accurate communication between the nurse, physician and family, and allows our staff to spend more time caring for patients.
Advanced Directives for ICU Patients
Advanced directives are a set of instructions that state your wishes regarding healthcare. They should address all aspects of life support so medical staff members are aware of your wishes should you become unable to voice your desires. If an advanced directive is not made, Maryland law allows someone else to make medical decisions for you. If no one has been chosen to decide treatment issues, the closest relative may be asked to make these decisions. In instances where no one is available, the court may appoint a guardian.